English behaviour / behavior during the World Cup is a little confusing


Ok, I’m trying to wrap my head around this.  And no doubt certain wordy commentors will set me straight ;)  These are the facts I’m working with:

  • English people favour realism over optimism.
  • English people don’t like to brag – but are masters of the understatement when communicating successes.  It’s like a code they all speak.
  • English people are not inherently patriotic.
  • English people root for the underdog.

But just before the World Cup starts:

  • English people think they will probably win the World Cup
  • English people (well some of them) VERY LOUDLY boast of how amazing their team is
  • English people plaster every surface of every item they own with an English flag
  • English people want to winwinwinwinwinwinwinwinwinwin

Now we’re smack dab in the middle of the World Cup.  I’m writing this the day after the most dull and depressing game of football of ALL TIME when the UK drew nil-nil against Albania.  (Made slightly worse by the fact that it was shortly after the 2-2 USA v Slovenia game that was AMAZING.)

I think the behaviour and reaction I’ve grown to expect is starting to return after that heinous game.  The whole ‘I knew this was going to happen’, attitude started to show by half time.

I still find it confusing, though.  The same thing happened the last time around by I was fresh off the boat so I don’t think I noticed so much.  Give me another couple of years and I’ll have it figured out…


Note:  I had this scheduled to go out a day after England got knocked out of the World Cup – thought I’d better publish it earlier after the England v Germany trouncing :(